Development of a model of practice related to sexuality in nursing education : a study exploring nurse educators' perceptions and experiences of practice related to sexuality : a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of a Master of Education in Adult Education at Massey University
Nursing literature identifies that sexuality is an integral part of holistic client care. However, research continues to indicate that nurses generally, do not address issues of sexuality with clients. While there is no absolute reason attributed to this deficit in client care, issues within undergraduate nursing education and the nurse educators have been implicated. While most of the literature is written by nurse educators, it appears to be their own views and/or anecdotal views of other nurse educators from reviews of the literature. I was unable to find research that is specifically focused on the perceptions and experiences of nurse educators in regard to practice related to sexuality in nursing education. Coupled with this, the literature is from overseas and is not necessarily the perceptions or experiences of lecturers within the New Zealand nursing curricula, and the literature is now somewhat dated. Before assumptions about sexuality-related practice in New Zealand undergraduate nursing education and nurse educators can be made, the current situation within the New Zealand nursing curricula needs to be explored. To my knowledge, a study of this nature has not been undertaken. A descriptive qualitative research study was undertaken where six nurse educators from an undergraduate nursing programme in New Zealand were interviewed. From the analysis of the collected data, nursing lecturer's experiences and perceptions of practice related to sexuality were described. The analysis clearly suggests that further research and improvement is required in undergraduate nursing education, particularly sexuality assessment of the client in order to provide holistic care. A model for practice related to sexuality in nursing education has been developed and described.